Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Release Day Review: Smoldering Flame (Rekindled Flame Book 3) by Andrew Grey

Title: Smoldering Flame
Series: Rekindled Flame: Book 3
Author: Andrew Grey
Release Date: February 13, 2018
Category: Contemporary
Pages: 193


Sometimes the strongest flames take the longest to ignite.

Firefighter Dean’s life revolves around his very ill son, Sammy. Caring for Sammy and working to make ends meet leave Dean time for little else, and romance isn’t something he can even consider—no matter how much he longs for someone special to join their family. Because money is tight, Dean couldn’t be more grateful to the photographer who does Sammy’s session free of charge.

After growing up in the foster care system, Marco knows how to rely on himself, and his hard work is about to pay off—he’s poised on the cusp of fame and success he could only have imagined as a lonely child. When Dean brings Sammy into Marco’s studio, Marco can see they’re struggling, and both the boy and his father stir Marco’s heart. The slow burn between the two men isn’t something either expected, but neither wants to lose the possibility of a loving future. With Dean’s dangerous and possibly life-threatening career and Marco’s demanding one, can romance and forever find a place to fit?

**Copy provided to Bayou Book Junkie by Dreamspinner Press for my reading pleasure in hopes of an unbiased opinion, a review was not a requirement.**

Smoldering Flame is Book 3 in Andrew Grey’s Rekindled Flame series. Though there are some interactions with characters from the previous books, you could probably read this as a standalone but the whole series is enjoyable, so why not start at the beginning?

Dean is a firefighter and a single father. Though this could have been a sad story due to the storyline around Dean’s son, it really wasn’t. Dean’s struggling with his son’s diagnosis and is trying to give him some joy in his life. He stops at a photographer’s to see if it would be possible for his son to see a stuffed animal used in pictures at the hospital ward. Though Marcos doesn’t take walk-ins, there’s something about Sammy and Dean that he can’t say no to. Sammy’s illness is visible, and Marcos ends up taking pictures of Sammy with the stuffed dalmatian. He refuses money for the session and sends the pictures to Dean. When Sammy’s in remission, they show back up to Marco’s again.

I know books with children, especially in this genre, is not always a favorite, but this author is one of the best I’ve read in writing children into books. This story is about family, the good and the bad. Though Dean and Marco are attracted to each other, Sammy is really the one that seemed to pull them together. They developed a friendship first before a relationship. There was attraction between Dean and Marco, but it was more comfortable and less sizzling, in my opinion. Marco had a lot of hang-ups and Dean had a lot to work through, which probably wouldn’t have happened without the help of Sammy.

If you’ve read an Andrew Grey book you know he writes in-depth characters, every last one of them; families with imperfections; hard fought love; and beautiful HEA’s. As always, I highly recommend reading what this author writes including this book and series!

Rating: 4 stars

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